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Lively, popular and crowded beach close to Los Angeles.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
As featured in 3 Days in Hollywood!
Los Angeles, CA 90291
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband and I stayed at a small boutique hotel, right on the beach. It is such a vibrant, eclectic community! Very ‘Bohemian chic’ with lots to see and do and great stores in the downtown area. The food was good (although a bit pricey,...More

Thank Mary-Lu K
Reviewed yesterday

The famous muscle beach is here, Gold's Gym where Arnold Schwarzenegger trained is here at Venice Beach. Miles of beach where you can rent a bicycle and ride along the ocean.... walk the boardwalk and shop, eat and explore! Cool place to check out, you...More

Thank michellevlavianos
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Intending to simply go to Santa Monica this was recommended by many a Uber driver. I am so glad (despite the prevailing cannabis smells too often) that we did. It is packed with street performers and some amazing cheap and cheerful food outlets. It really...More

Thank AdeWotton
Reviewed 3 days ago

It's all going on at Venice Beach. Every character in the world is there....fun to people watch. A lot of homeless people on the side streets and on the beach at night...I feel bad for them. Quite the sideshow overall.

Thank minna4201
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Once you leave the Venice boardwalk and enter the beach and the Pier you will find the peaceful sound of the sea and miles of beach. It’s absolutely wonderful. Come here for the sun, the people watching or whatever, and leave with a rested mind.

Thank MsOzz
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Venice Beach could be Awsum but the homeless/ drugged or mental health issues are everywhere. The smell in places is really bad. Walking there in the day was bad, I definitely wouldn’t go there at night. I can’t believe the price that people pay to...More

Thank Tracey30B
Reviewed 6 days ago

I went on a Sunday morning around 9am and it was perfect. I took a walk towards the shops and there were a few guys touting their wares but still felt pretty safe. Shops were overpriced though, as everything else in LA!

Thank amandabenbelaid
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great place to visit. Crazy people walking around lots of tourists and oddballs. Lots of shops to visit The original world gym where Arnold used to train. Good hotel next door w bar and Restau on roof. Lots of fun

Thank endosimon
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The walk from Santa Monica pier to the bustling Venice beach California is a must, it’s 2 miles approximately and very enjoyable (or you can grab a peddle car) From muscle beach, the buskers to the food and drink it’s is an amazing place with...More

Thank jcox1975
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a special trip over to Venice, as it is such a famous place, but really wasn't worth it. The canals look nice and make a good photo, but that is it! The seafront at Venice is full of homeless and drugs are clearly...More

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Venice has always danced to its own beat as the
epicenter of bohemian culture in Los Angeles. Along
the boardwalk there are street performers and local
craftsmen selling their wares. Original paintings,
souvenirs, and jewelry are on display. Crowds of
visitors marvel at the sites while weightlifting
enthusiasts pump iron in plain view, and skateboarders
do their tricks around the skate park. All of it
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16 July 2018|
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Response from Jennifer-Lynn C | Reviewed this property |
There's some paid parking spots, or you can find some in certain streets. Honestly. The paid parking isn't that expensive, so I would personally just take it - less of a headache. There's plenty between Venice and Santa... More
15 July 2018|
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Response from heatherw781 | Reviewed this property |
Any time after 11am is ok but late afternoon is better. Weekends are busy but at least everything is opened then
15 July 2018|
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Response from drink50fifty | Reviewed this property |
This is not a place for families... Venice Beach is a strange place and it’s not a family attraction.